Alternative Treatments of Depression: Safe, Effective and Affordable Approaches and How to Use Them

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• struggling with depression after trying different treatments
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• experiencing adverse effects to a medication
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About James Lake, MD

Dr. Lake is a Board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Monterey, California. He has chaired symposia and workshops at APA meetings and other national and international conferences on non-conventional and integrative mental health care. Dr. Lake has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford, and is currently a visiting assistant professor of medicine at University of Arizona School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004 through 2010 and was appointed to a special APA Task Force on CAM and integrative medicine. He is currently co-chair of the working group on integrative mental health in the Consortium on Academic Healthcare Centers in Integrative Medicine, and is a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health.

Dr. Lake has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times, and serves on the editorial review boards of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of the Association for Advances in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and Jour of Clinical Psychiatry.

Dr. Lake is the author or editor of four textbooks on integrative mental health: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007; Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook, Norton, 2009; and a series of ebooks titled The Integrative Mental Health Solution. Long-standing interests include the role of culture in mental illness, the philosophy and history of medicine, and the role of consciousness and intentionality in healing.

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About the Series: Alternative and Integrative Treatments in Mental Health Care
"Alternative and Integrative Treatments in Mental Health Care" is a set of books on evidence-based alternative and integrative treatments of mental health problems.

Integrative mental healthcare is a person-centered approach that emphasizes maintaining optimal health and wellness and uses conventional mainstream approaches like medications and psychotherapy, and a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments.

Integrative Mental Health Care: An Introduction to Foundations and Methods, the first volume in the series, provides an overview of essential concepts and methods in integrative mental healthcare. The other books in the series cover alternative and integrative treatments of the following mental health problems:

• Alcohol and drug abuse

• Anxiety

• Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

• Bipolar disorder

• Dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

• Depression

• Insomnia

• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Schizophrenia

Also in Series: Alternative and Integrative Treatments in Mental Health Care

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Donald Moss reviewed on Aug. 23, 2015

James Lake, MD, a pioneer and leader in the integrative mental health movement, provides a practical guide to integrative and non-medication oriented treatments for depression. Depression is more than routine unhappiness or being discouraged by a bad day. Depression is an illness that can disable human beings from everyday functioning and lead to suicide. Dr. Lake discusses the causes of depression, and warns that anyone currently considering suicide should seek professional help immediately. Lake provides a link to depression inventories useful in rating how severe your depression is. He introduces a variety of non-pharmacological treatments for depression beginning with the most well-documented (Tier A) therapies such as DHEA, exercise, folic acid, SAMe, and St. John’s Wort. He also discusses a broad range of less well-researched (Tier B and Tier C) therapies that can still provide some benefit, such as acupuncture, yoga, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Dr. Lake discusses how to develop an effective individualized treatment plan for your own depression, and advises when to use self-help and when to consult a professional. I highly recommend Dr. Lake’s e-book on depression for anyone suffering depression, and for those wishing to help loved ones with depression.
- Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University, and author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013).
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